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Many of the vulnerabilities of today's web browsers are a consequence of the enormously evolved web. There is a significant difference in how the web is used today as opposed to 15 years ago, when the first browsers were created. Back then browsers were designed to render static web pages with no or little media content. Today's web pages use a lot of different media content through plugins like Flash or Quicktime. Also they use a lot of dynamics and user generated content. So while the web has evolved to the so-called web 2.0, the architectural design of browsers remains the same as 15 years ago, creating a huge base for new kinds of attacks.
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